The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is proud to announce the creation of an Honorary Board as well as the first honorary board member. Diane Neal, the actress best known for her role as Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on TV’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has the distinction of being the first member of NCADV’s Honorary Board.
"In recent years the events of my private life have been not something I ever thought I would experience, and thoroughly devastating I have endured extreme domestic violence in ugly and inhumane forms that far too many fellow citizens are familiar with in their own lives. As someone who does not subscribe to the maxim, ‘It is what it is,’ but rather ‘It is what you choose to make of it.’ I choose to help raise awareness of domestic violence, its prevalence in our society and will fight to end it,’” said Neal.
“Today, I become the first honorary board member of NCADV. With the support of this extraordinary and fearless organization, I say publicly that I am a survivor, I am surviving, and if you too are suffering, I see you, I am with you. Together we can accomplish much." said Neal. "My personal struggles have always been motivation to get on my feet and do something. This current personal challenge is no different and, in partnership with the NCADV, presents the opportunity to advance the cause and be a voice for those who have been silenced. I embrace the work ahead and will be forever grateful to the NCADV for this chance to serve.”
“NCADV is excited to provide a platform for those who want to use their influence and celebrity to address the issue of domestic violence,” said Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President/CEO. “Ms. Neal’s own experience as a survivor of domestic violence and deep desire to do something to end domestic violence, made her the perfect choice to be our first member. Her drive and dedication will help NCADV and our nation, work to change our culture to do something to end domestic violence.”
NCADV’s honorary board consists of influencers who are committed to NCADV’s mission of leading, mobilizing, and raising voices to support efforts demanding a change in conditions which lead to domestic violence, like patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. In addition to her service as an honorary board member, Neal plans to work to facilitate policy, especially concerning the overdue reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and hosting a fundraiser to coincide with her birthday in November. “I may have missed the official awareness month in October, but just because the date changes, it doesn’t mean domestic violence stops -- so awareness shouldn’t either,” said Neal.